July 17, 2015

Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 23

What adjective would best describe your leadership?

See, in some form or capacity, we all function as leaders. It might be in the workplace, it might be in the home. It may even be in academia or athletics. At some point or another, you are (or will be) called on to supervise, manage, or direct something. The question of the day is this: what adjective would best describe your leadership?

Though he wasn’t perfect, Joash left an indelible mark on those whom he would rule. He brought back to Israel something that had been missing for quite some time. Here is how one commentator put it: “Joash’s rule marks not only the restoration of the throne to the rightful Davidic king but also Judah’s return to its covenant commitment to be the Lord’s people (23:16 note from ESVSB).” You’ve heard it said that everything rises and falls on leadership. Joash had the blessing of being around other good leaders, namely Jehoiada. While Jehoiada may not have done everything right, he gave Joash a pretty good lesson in leadership that we see in these chapters. Dr. Jerald Daffe, a prominent CrossWalk blogger, penned this when considering Jehoiada’s influence:

Jehoiada faced the challenge that almost all of us face. That is, how do we exert influence when we have so little power? After all, unless you are a political leader, a pastor, a military leader, a corporate boss, or a handful of other titles, you likely spend more time following the directives of some leader over you than giving directions to those under you. Just like Jehoiada had to find a way to leverage what minimal influence he had so that the kingdom of God could advance, we also find ourselves sometimes stuck in the middle of a power structure, yet wanting to make a difference. Such a position calls for skill, humility, and patience. Perhaps Jesus’ commandment in Matthew 10:16 that we be “as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (NIV) is applicable. This is what business writers often call “managing upward” – finding a way to leverage what influence we do have on the right people for the maximum good.

So, what adjective would best describe your leadership right now? Do you want it to change? Yield to the Holy Spirit and trust your true Leader, Jesus Christ. Use this challenge as an opportunity to reflect on Galatians 5:22-23 today. Blessings!

Posted by: Todd Thomas

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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